Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

January 26, 2012

Beware of Scam

Margery Bruce

Knoxville —  

To the Editor:
At least five people of Marion County have been targeted by a scam artist.
Just before Christmas I received a telephone call telling me my grandson was in jail.  He said although he was innocent, he was riding home from a party when they were stopped by a policeman, and the driver was DWI.  Drugs were found in the car, so both were arrested.
I was asked for $2,500 to pay bail and had an hour to get the money.  I went to the bank and got a $2,500 loan.  When I tried to call the number given: 1-483-993-2879, the call was answered by an operator first in French, then English, line was busy.
Then I called by grandson's father who told me it was a scam.  Do not send money, and report the call to the police!  The part that gave away the scam was: Do not tell anyone!  They make it sound so frightening and real!
Margery Bruce